THE CHINESE MIND 93
When the boat had reached her home town, Wang Ghou
said to Ch'ienniang, "I do not know what state of mind
your parents are in. So let me go alone first to find out.9*
His heart was palpitating as he drew near his father-in-law's
house. On seeing his father-in-law, Wang Ghou knelt down
and kowtowed, and begged for forgiveness. On hearing
this, Chang Yi was greatly surprised, and said, "What are
you talking about? Ch'ienniang has been lying unconscious
in bed for these last five years since you left. She has never
even left her bed." "I am not lying,'3 said Wang Ghou.
"She is well and waiting in the boat."
Chang Yi did not know what to think, so he sent two maid-
servants to see Ch'ienniang. They saw her sitting, well-
dressed and happy, in the boat, and she even told the servants
to convey her love to her parents. Bewildered, the two
maid-servants ran home to make their report, and Chang Yi
was still more greatly puzzled. Meanwhile, she who was
lying in bed in her chamber had heard of the news, and it
seemed her illness was gone, and there was light in her eyes.
She rose up from her bed and dressed herself before her
mirror. Smiling and without saying a word, she came
straight to the boat. She who was in the boat was starting
for home, and they met on the river-bank. When the two
came close together, their bodies melted into one shape, and
their dresses were double, and there appeared the old
Gh'ienniang, as young and as lovely as ever.
Both her parents were overjoyed, but they bade their
servants keep the secret and not tell the neighbours about
it, in order to avoid gossip. So no one, except the close
relatives of the Chang family, ever knew of this strange
Wang Chou and Ch'ienniang lived* on as husband and
wife for over forty years before they died.
It is perhaps well that the world is not completely explained
and that there is some room for this type of imagination. The
proper use of imagination is to give beauty to the world. For
as in the moral life human intelligence is used to convert the
world into a place of contentment for human existence, so in